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Published on 05.14.09 by Brent Trahan

Show Only Specified Control Panel Items

Learn how to disable all Control Panel programs and hide the Control Panel.

This setting removes all Control Panel items (such as “Mouse”, “System” or “Personalization”) from the Control Panel window and the Start menu. The only items displayed in Control Panel are those you specify in this setting.

Show Only Specified Control Panel Items

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Control Panel in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Show only specified Control Panel items in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click the Show button.


  5. In this guide I’m going to only show the mouse Control Panel item. Type the Control Panel’s Mouse canonical name (Microsoft.Mouse) and then click OK to save the changes.


    Note: A full list of the Control Panel items canonical names is provided below.

See… every Control Panel item except the Mouse is gone.


Control Panel Item Canonical Names

  • Microsoft.AddHardware
  • Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
  • Microsoft.AudioDevicesAndSoundThemes
  • Microsoft.AutoPlay
  • Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
  • Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
  • Microsoft.Bluetooth
  • Microsoft.CardSpace
  • Microsoft.ColorManagement
  • Microsoft.DateAndTime
  • Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
  • Microsoft.DeviceManager
  • Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
  • Microsoft.FolderOptions
  • Microsoft.Fonts
  • Microsoft.GameControllers
  • Microsoft.GetPrograms
  • Microsoft.GetProgramsOnline
  • Microsoft.IndexingOptions
  • Microsoft.Infrared
  • Microsoft.InternetOptions
  • Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
  • Microsoft.Keyboard
  • Microsoft.MobilityCenter
  • Microsoft.Mouse
  • Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
  • Microsoft.OfflineFiles
  • Microsoft.ParentalControls
  • Microsoft.PenAndInputDevices
  • Microsoft.PeopleNearMe
  • Microsoft.PerformaceInformationAndTools
  • Microsoft.Personalization
  • Microsoft.PhoneAndModemOptions
  • Microsoft.PowerOptions
  • Microsoft.Printers
  • Microsoft.ProblemReportsAndSolutions
  • Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
  • Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions
  • Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
  • Microsoft.SecurityCenter
  • Microsoft.SpeechRecognitionOptions
  • Microsoft.SyncCenter
  • Microsoft.System
  • Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
  • Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu
  • Microsoft.TextToSpeech
  • Microsoft.UserAccounts
  • Microsoft.WelcomeCenter
  • Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
  • Microsoft.WindowsDefender
  • Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
  • Microsoft.WindowsSideShow
  • Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties
  • Microsoft.WindowsUpdate

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